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Elvis

"Elvis is played by a frankly astonishing Austin Butler, who delivers a show-stopper of a performance. When Butler shakes his hips in Presley’s first gig as a full-blown rock ‘n’ roller, it’s like watching two stars being born. Women in the audience scream, almost involuntarily. Butler sells every moment, nails the accent and smartly charts the singer’s evolving physicality over two decades on stage."
— TimeOut

Elvis is an epic, big-screen spectacle from visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.

Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Rating: Rated PG-13

Runtime: 159 minutes

Year: 2022

Country: Australia/United States

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"Being BeBe is full of heart, soul and wit — much like the subject herself — and provides a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain for fans and curious newcomers alike; a joy-filled, life-affirming must-watch."
— Vague Visages

Celebrating the worldwide sensation known as BeBe Zahara Benet, the first ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this decade-spanning documentary introduces audiences to Marshall Ngwa, the creative force behind the glamour. Being BeBe traces Benet’s early years growing up in a deeply homophobic Cameroon to gaining prominence on the local amateur drag scene in Minneapolis. Shot over a period of 15 years, long before Benet’s cultural ascendance and television stardom, the film offers an intimate backstage look at the life of one of the most singular and iconic drag queens working today.

Images’ Virtual Cinema is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Featuring: BeBe Zahara Benet (aka Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa)

Director: Emily Branham

Runtime: 90 minutes

Genre: BIPOC, Documentary, Festival Favorite, LGBTQ+, Woman Directed

Year: 2021

Country: United States

Language: In English and French with English subtitles

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Official Competition

"Detail is what makes Official Competition a joy to behold. From film festival press conferences to deadly serious discussions about process to unquenchable rivalries, it hits the nail on the head again and again. Yet it also has a fondness for the characters it depicts, ridiculous as it knows them to be. There is a warmth that leaps out from the reaction shots that each actor is given in abundance. If you want to know what has been the funniest film at the Venice Film Festival, there is no competition."
— The Playlist

In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do so, he hires the best: a stellar team formed by famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) and two renowned actors, both enormously talented, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater thespian Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both legends, but not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric challenges set by Lola, Felix and Iván must face not only each other, but also their own legacies.

Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, José Luis Gómez

Director: Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Rating: Rated R

Runtime: 114 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Satire, Subtitled

Year: 2022

Country: Spain/Argentina

Language: In Spanish with English subtitles

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“Jane Austen doesn’t hold the monopoly on Regency Era rom-coms! Director Emma Holly Jones and screenwriter Suzanne Allain’s vision — including assembling a cast of people who are charming to watch — is both vital and delightful.”
— Indiewire

When she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù). Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman…or the perfect hoax.

Starring: Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton, Sope Dirisu, Ashley Park

Director: Emma Holly Jones

Rating: Rated PG

Runtime: 117 minutes

Genre: BIPOC, Comedy, Drama, Period, Romance, Woman Directed

Year: 2022

Country: United States